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Global DMC Pacific World expand European offices into Denmark and Holland

Eco scooter Holland
Pacific World, the leading global DMC and Event Management company, has announced a further expansion of its operations in Northern Europe with the opening of new offices in Copenhagen, Denmark and Amsterdam in Holland.
Announcing the development from booth 2030 at IMEX America, SelinaChavry, Global Managing Director for Pacific World said, .....
Latest Future Meetings Space research launched by German Convention Bureau at IMEX America
German Convention Bureau
Future Meeting Room makes its debut
Highlighting current innovations and looking at future trends in the global meetings industry, the German Convention Bureau (GCB) will share the latest news from its Future Meeting Space programme at IMEX America today, including the Future Meeting Room.
Despite world events, the incentive travel industry is holding strong
SITE Index infographic

The 2017 SITE Index, the authoritative analysis and forecast for the global incentive market released this week by the Society for Incentive Travel Excellence (SITE) Foundation, highlights the fluid, complex world of incentive travel impacted by factors such as the world economy, the potential for terrorist actions, and the political climate.
IACC Meeting Room of The Future publishes second research
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Visionary global initiative will transform meetings
As part of a ongoing dynamic initiative from IACC, a second set of research has been conducted and reported following the survey of global venue operators, suppliers and industry experts. IACC Meeting Room of the Future™ aims to transform the meeting experience through a global collaboration of leaders in conference space design, audiovisual technology, hospitality, academia and conference management.
Be 'The Only Guest' with Exclusives and Buyouts at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts
Four Seasons car launch

Group clients can now have an entire luxury resort or hotel to themselves with Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts their new Exclusives and Buyout program. "At Four Seasons we're in the business of making memorable experiences happen for our guests, and that includes our group clients,"....
Meliá Hotels International to manage new 6,365 m2 Palacio de Congresos, Palma
Palacio de Congresos, Palma
Meliá Hotels International (MHI) will manage Palma de Mallorca's new conference centre, Palacio de Congresos de Palma as well as connecting hotel, Meliá Palma Bay, located on the promenade of Palma de Mallorca. The new conference and events facility will help position the city as a leader in MICE tourism, increasing demand and profitability. It will also attract people to Palma all year round, a strategic objective for MHI.
AccorHotels and LinkedIn create Business Check powered by LinkedIn
AccorHotels and LinkedIn
In a major partnership, AccorHotels, a world-leading travel and lifestyle group, has joined forces with LinkedIn, the world's largest professional network on the Internet, to enrich its mobile app with an unprecedented new service for travelers.
All AccorHotels guests can use this new feature, Business Check powered by LinkedIn, to create and facilitate business opportunities.
Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill launch newly refurbished meeting and event spaces
Hyatt Regency London
Launching hand-in-hand with the luxurious new guest rooms & suites, Hyatt Regency London - The Churchill is proud to present 3 newly refurbished 2nd floor meeting and events spaces; The Blenheim, Marlborough and Spencer Suites. he interiors have been thoughtfully designed to reflect the contemporary-classic style of the hotels recent refurbishment and the design touches on elements of ....
Europe's largest medical congress returns to Paris in 2019
The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) has announced that its annual congress will be held in Paris at the end of August 2019. The ESC Congress is the world's premier cardiovascular congress, attracting more than 30,000 healthcare professionals from more than 140 countries during a five-day scientific programme.
"We are delighted to be returning to Paris, a destination which contributed to one of the greatest successes of the ESC," ....
'ESTonishing Estonia' wows meeting planners in Brussels
ESTonishing Estonia
Nearly 50 Belgian-based event planners were given a crash course on Estonia and its many enticing conference offerings on October 17 when they turned up for 'ESTonishing Estonia', a combination workshop and networking get-together held at THE HOTEL in Brussels.
Organised jointly by the Estonian Convention Bureau and the Estonian Tourist Board, the meeting gave guests the opportunity to mingle with the 12 suppliers from Team Estonia who were on hand.
Wickham House, Newbury Berkshire: A positive first year of operation drives new offerings for the MICE sector
Wickham House
October 2015 saw the privately owned country estate, Wickham House open its doors for the first time to the corporate market, offering a new, high-end and exclusive-use out of town venue for a broad range of executive events - from an intimate networking drinks reception to a large scale incentive off-site.
Just one year on with a portfolio of discerning brands including Vodafone and Microsoft as well as top agents such as Powwow Events, Group7Events, Zibrant, Grassroots,....
TAP's Portugal Stopover Programme offers extensive benefits
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TAP Portugal, the leading airline from the UK to Portugal, has communicated the success of its recently launched Stopover Programme. The Stopover gives customers the possibility of visiting two destinations, with a stay in Portugal (Lisbon or Porto) during the same trip, as well as offering a host of exclusive additions to make their experience truly memorable.
Flybe service between Cardiff and London City Airport to continue
Following an overwhelming response from the business community, Flybe has taken the commercial decision to extend the service between Cardiff and London City Airport while demand exists. Tickets for these flights are available for booking now at with one way fares from £34.99 including taxes and charges.
SWISS launches new London Heathrow - Sion service
Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) has announced that it will be launching a new seasonal service between London Heathrow and Sion in February 2017. SWISS will operate three round trip flights to Sion Airport, to meet the high-demand for ski holidays during the UK's busy February half-term period.

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Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa is a hub for Portugal's capital
Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa
Michelle Chenery reports on its endless benefits
Standing high above any other hotel in Lisbon city centre, the Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa is one of the most recognised hotels in Portugal's capital.
The Arden Hotel is centre stage in Stratford-on-Avon
The Arden Hotel
Roger St Pierre summarises its multitudinous attractions
Situated overlooking the banks of the languid River Avon and literally just a few short steps from the Royal Shakespeare Company's box office, the smartly contemporary The Arden Hotel is the address to target....
How do you work the shower?
Sydney Paulden
Sydney Paulden asks if you have ever seen instructions on how to use a hotel bathroom?
There is one thing that always seems to be missing from a hotel room. That is a sheet of simple instructions on how to use the controls of the shower.
Leeds proves how important MICE can be to regions
Jennifer Young
Jennifer Young, Head of ConferenceLeeds, quotes the stats
The UKCAMS report (UK Conference and Meeting Survey 2016) shows that West Yorkshire held an estimated 80,000 business events during 2015, accounting for a direct spend of approximately £595m in venues and the local destination.
Latest Appointments
Paul Van Deventer of Meeting Professionals International to Co-Chair Meetings Mean Business Coalition
Van Deventer joins leadership of national advocacy initiative to promote the value of face-to-face meetings to people, businesses and communities
The BCEC announce dedicated venue team
BCEC appointment
The Birmingham Conference & Events Centre (The BCEC), owned and operated by Cairn Group, has announced its dedicated venue team with three new appointments;
Six Senses appoints Jason Kruse as General Manager of Fiji property to open in 2017
Jason Kruse
Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas has announced the appointment of Jason Kruse as general manager of Six Senses Fiji. The resort is located on the island of Malolo in the South Pacific Archipelago of Fiji and is scheduled to open towards the end of 2017.
Hilton London Bankside appoints Director of Business Development
Hilton London Bankside has announced the appointment of Lisbeth Gernow as Director of Business Development. Having previously held the same position at London Hilton on Park Lane, ....

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James McCulloch Thomson
New Chef on the Menu at Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa - Aberfoyle, Scotland
Macdonald Hotels has announced that renowned chef, James McCulloch Thomson, is joining Macdonald Forest Hills Hotel & Spa in Aberfoyle as executive head chef.
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Franck Kermarrec
Millennium Hotels and Resorts appoints new Global Chief Marketing Officer
Millennium Hotels and Resorts has announced that Mr Franck Kermarrec has been appointed Global Chief Marketing Officer. Kermarrec joins Millennium Hotels and Resorts from Hertz International, where he was leading their business and commercial strategy.
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Hicran Ozbuk
Istanbul CVB’s GM elected as the Chairperson of ICCA Mediterranean Chapter
General Manager of Istanbul Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hicran Ozbuk has been named as the chairperson of ICCA Mediterranean Chapter for 2 years’ term.
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Jade Boulter
Jade Boulter appointed General Manager of Holiday Inn Sutton hotel
Jade Boulter has been appointed General Manager of Holiday Inn Sutton hotel. A young and ambitious hotelier, Boulter will lead the 78-strong team at the 119-bed Sutton hotel, welcoming guests from across the region
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FAM Trips

FAM group at Robinsons hotel

Sana Hotels have Lisbon covered

Hotel Republic, the UK representatives of SANA Hotels, gave an invited group a memorable taste of Portugal’s capital. Michelle Chenery reports
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FAM group at Robinsons hotel

Great fun and food at Robinson Club Resorts

Michelle Chenery reports on a Fam Trip to Austria with Hotel Republic
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Fast lap cars at Spa

A week’s incentive - in three days

Michelle Chenery visits Liege and Spa in Wallonia
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Leeds Castle

Micest Event at Leeds Castle

ANTOR and ITCM hosted a fun gathering
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PortAventura – a world class and versatile events option

Michelle Chenery reports on a Fam Trip to see much more than a theme park
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Madeira offers exciting accommodation, views, cuisine and transport

Michelle Chenery reports on a trip to Portugal’s pearl of the Atlantic, hosted by Uniqueworld and the DMC, Abreu
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Inspira Santa Marta Hotel

Park Plaza Riverbank gives you London

Sydney Paulden reports on a central location with great facilities
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Apex City of Bath

Apex City of Bath gives sparkling destination the venue it deserves

Sydney Paulden visits the city’s newest hotel property
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Carlton Towers

Carlton Towers turns dream into reality

Lauren Stiles enjoys an incentive weekend at the home of Lord and Lady Gerald
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Marriott Heathrow/Windsor Hotel

A venue that adds so much to every event

Alexander James reports on a stay at Marriott Heathrow/Windsor Hotel
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The Arden Hotel

Enjoy Henry VIII luxury at Leeds Castle in Kent

Roger St Pierre is almost lost for words
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Chilston Park

A Kent stately home at your service

Roger St Pierre marvels at Chilston Park
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Najeti Hôtel Du Golf

French golf venue in easy reach

Roger St Pierre reports on Najeti Hôtel Du Golf
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ITCM Visits


The Seychelles - an unrivalled MICE destination

Mika Lara savours a visit to the Indian Ocean’s pristine paradise
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Great cuisine, exciting activity and team-building at Northcote

Michelle Chenery dines, drives and goes shooting in Lancashire
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Country of castles and commitment

Sydney Paulden was entranced on a visit to Unexpected Luxembourg
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Chillon Castle view

Prime Lake Geneva destinations

Michelle Chenery visits Lausanne and Montreux
After a short flight with Swiss Air, we landed at Geneva airport to be met by Philips Excursions transfers services.
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 Barceló Sants hotel

Barceló Sants - out of this world meeting options

Briony Key goes where no ITCM reporter has gone before
The chance to go to Barcelona brought back memories of back packing around Europe, so I jumped at the opportunity to see how .....
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Destination reports

Cloth Hall Court

Work hard and play hard in Leeds

Roger St Pierre reviews how much this great city has to offer
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How well do you know Lisbon?

Michelle Chenery reports on the city’s multi-faceted MICE facilities
It is easy to see why ICCA has rated Lisbon as one of the world’s Top Ten Destinations for international meetings and congresses.
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Seoul floating islands

Seoul should be on your shortlist

Sydney Paulden reports on a visit to a fascinating and friendly city
It seems as if Korea has until now been somewhat overshadowed by the aggressive international marketing of some of its Far Eastern neighbours.
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Gothenburg has Europe’s largest integrated venue

Jan Erik reports on how Sweden’s second largest city has become a major player in the MICE market.
You might be forgiven for knowing very little about Gothenburg.
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Hyatt Zilara, Jamaica

A new view of Jamaica

Michelle Chenery reports on an unexpected itinerary along Montego Bay’s Elegant Corridor
The Hyatt Zilara and Hyatt Ziva quality service starts as soon as you arrive at the Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay.
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